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Festival Bid to Go Free Range

by 5m Editor
27 February 2008, at 9:50am

UK - Cambridge Folk Festival could go free range next year after civic leaders pledged to stop using battery-farmed chickens and eggs.

Cambridge City Council voted to stop buying poultry products which fail to meet RSPCA Freedom Food standards by December and to contact contractors providing food on its premises and at events, telling them about the policy and urging them to do the same.

Stallholders at the folk festival will be among those asked to comply.

There was wide support for the move, brought forward by Councillor Lewis Herbert, Labour group leader, following a high-profile campaign on chicken welfare by celebrity chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver.

Cllr Herbert, Coleridge, said: "We wouldn't treat humans like this. We believe humans have a right to happiness and chickens have a right to happiness too."

Source: CambridgeNews